Saturday, November 1, 2014

First Frost

The thermometer took a nose dive last night.   
At first light, zinnias, deluding themselves that everything was the same as always, stood bright and tall in the flowerbed.  
It didn't take long for the sun's warmth to reveal that their glory was gone.

Underground, chipmunks were hunkered snug in their dens.  
The adults have been busy lately preparing for winter, gathering acorns, and stuffing their elastic cheeks with sunflower seeds.

The little ones have been active, too.  
It took them a while to figure out that acorns were more than toys; there was something yummy inside. 
 Now they can't leave them alone.

Considering that they live in underground, chipmunks are remarkably clean, 
most likely due to all the time they spend washing up.

Or is he just talking into his watch phone?

A crack in the rock walk provides temporary shelter.
Driven by a wind gust, leaves swirl down, and the chipmunks dive for cover.

"Is it safe?"

They look quite sweet, but the mother can deal some swift and harsh discipline when she is displeased.

Of course, it's always best to ask, "Mother, may I?"

"I'm outta here!"

Linking with Saturday's Critters


Felicia said...

chipmunks are so fun to watch. your images are wonderful Connie. Have a beautiful Sabbath.

Hannah said...

Your chipmunks are amazing, and so funny, especially the one with his cheeks full. I hope they don't have destructive habits too. It must be fun to watch the little ones. They do look remarkably clean and neat, they must be good at grooming.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful shots! The chipmunks are so cute.

eileeninmd said...

What a great series, Connie! Your chipmunks are so cute. Adorable photos.. Thank you so much for linking up, have a happy Sunday!

S. Etole said...

They are such cute little rascals. You took some great photos.

Sharon said...

Beautiful as always. Stay warm!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great set! Soon they'll be underground for the winter. The squirrels will still be out and about trying to find food.

Lisa Gordon said...

Awwwwww, they are just precious, Connie.
The thermometer took a dive here last nigh also, but we did not get frost.

We got snow!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, my friend.

Dave said...

What a lovely Character

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful photos of these adorable little critters.

Kerri Farley said...

Absolutely adorable!

Brian King said...

LOL! Awesome! Those little dudes make me laugh!

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous shots - adorable!

Terri said...

Cute little guys- I rarely see any around here..just those stinkin' squirrels!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

So adorable and I laughed out loud at the "Is it Safe" photo :)

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
What a lovely shots!! So cute.

Kind regards,

Ginney Camden said...

Your pictures are always so wonderful!